By Bill Copeland on December 5, 2016
The Slutcracker is in its 9th season and last Saturday night’s sold out showing of this year’s rendition, albeit pared down, was even more rollicking, ribald, bawdy fun, or body fun, than last year’s. Clara, Fitz, Drosselmeyer and the Slutcracker Prince, a magic vibrator come to life, each did their part well to bring this traditional holiday classic, once again, into the realm of sexual fantasy.
By Bill Copeland on December 1, 2016
The Bolton, Massachusetts folk duo Dan Senie and Faith Senie, known professionally as Dan And Faith, have released this winsome folksy album Seeking. Seeking builds each of its 13 songs upon the strong chemistry of this husband and wife duo. When they trade off on lead vocal, they create a sweet, building mystery, something that keeps the listener intrigued with where they are taking their song. When they come together in harmony, they weave the warmest tapestry of voice.
By Bill Copeland on November 25, 2016
Laura Vecchione’s latest album Love Lead grabs hold of the listener’s ears from the first track and never lets go. On fire for 13 songs, this Boston-based singer rocks, struts, and sometimes lulls her listener into a special place in each track.
By Bill Copeland on November 22, 2016
Boston roots rock guitarist Michael Dinallo recently helmed a special recording project in Memphis for the Memphis International Records label. He produced a collection of Charlie Rich’s songs that were originally recorded by legendary producer Sam Phillips at Memphis’s Sam Phillips Recording studio. Dinallo helms a band in this recording featuring himself on electric and acoustic guitars, Tim Carroll on electric guitar, and greater-Boston rhythm section of Preston Rumbaugh on bass with Tom Hambridge on drums. The CD also includes roots, blues, and country singers from around the country, making this album feel like a true national reflection on this old time singer-songwriter piano player. While many know of Rich from his 1970s AM radio hits, he was one of the pioneers at the time rock, blues, country, and rockabilly were often recorded by the same artists at the same studio.
By Bill Copeland on November 17, 2016
Jon McAuliffe’s latest CD Old School Medicine is certainly medicine for the soul and for the ears. McAuliffe is uncannily adept at translating emotions and humor in a variety of nifty Americana roots styles. He has come up with an album that delights in a full, three dimensional manner with high quality production values and a broad, painterly vision.
By Bill Copeland on November 15, 2016
Kala Farnham’s second album Samadhi: How Is Where You Are offers bold musical accomplishments and one of New England’s best voices in one of this year’s best written and best recorded works. A folk artist who incorporates many other roots elements, Farnham coats her gems with her astonishingly good vocal applications. The Connecticut singer-songwriter is also still young enough to take her music to a much higher level in the next few years.
By Bill Copeland on November 14, 2016
Souls Of Sabbath put on a fiercely successful show at Quincy’s Pete’s Bar & Grill last Saturday night. From their opening “War Pigs” to their closing “Paranoid,” this much above average Black Sabbath tribute band conjured the vibe of that kind of music as well as nailing the material note for note, dynamics, colors and tones.
Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers to perform at GSBS Memphis fundraiser Nov 20th at Jewel in Manchester, NH
By Bill Copeland on November 8, 2016
Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers are at it again. After competing in the International Blues Competition in previous years under the auspices of Boston Blues Society, this January they’ll be representing the Granite State Blues Society. With all the years of experience Harpe and her band have in the blues field and in this international competition, it’s a safe bet they’ll put in a strong showing in Memphis. For the time being, Harpe and her band are focused on helping the New Hampshire blues society raise enough money for her and the other GSBS competitors to travel to the competition. The event, titled The Road To Memphis Starts Here will be held on Sunday, November 20th at Jewel night club in Manchester.
By Bill Copeland on November 3, 2016
The latest Hilton Park CD, Moments, offers much of the acoustic instrument beauty this Maine-based folk-rock trio has relied on in the past. Their singer-songwriter bent continues to sweep the listener away with the more familiar Hilton Park feeling and vibe, albeit more forlorn and wistful this time around.
By Bill Copeland on November 1, 2016
Rumblecat’s debut CD ‘Till The Neighbors Shout is loaded with hard driving, goodtime, soulful music. Delivered with talent and explosive energy, this disc shows why Vermont-based Rumblecat won a New England Music Award for Best In State: Vermont only three years after forming. The group has got their roots rock sound down pat and they know how to spread it around a song with cool vigor.